Schweinsteiger plays for the national team of Germany and English club Manchester United as a central mid-fielder. He is the Captain of the German national team since September 2014.
Bastian Schweinsteiger was born on 1 August 1984 in Kolbermoor, West Germany. He was a brilliant ski racer. He has an older brother, Tobias. He is also a professional footballer and played for Bayern Munich.
Schweinsteiger started his career as a ‘youth team player’ with Bayern Munich in 1998. He won the German youth championship in 2002, thus securing his place as a back-up. He was coached by Ottmar Hitzfeld and debuted against RC Lens in a ‘UEFA Champions League’ game in 2002. Schweinsteiger entered into an agreement with Bayern Munich. He was instrumental in Bayern winning the ‘çup double’ and a ‘league’ in 14 Bundesliga games 2002–03. Schweinsteiger scored his first goal, while playing for Bayern against VfL Wolfsburg in 26 Bundesliga games. Schweinsteiger made the first Bundesliga goal of the 2008–09 season.
Bastian Schweinsteiger played his first international match against Hungary in 2004. He created a niche for himself at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He was 21 years old! He bagged the ‘Man of the Match’ award. Schweinsteiger had played 41 international matches for the national team of Germany by the age of 22. He led Germany to victory over San Marino in Euro 2008. He played against the United Arab Emirates for the first time as captain of the national team.
Schweinsteiger played admirably in FIFA World Cup 2010. He displayed praiseworthy leadership skills and was declared ‘Man of the Match’ following the match against Argentina in the quarter-finals. He substituted as captain of the German team. Schweinsteiger featured among the 10 finalists for the eminent Golden Ball, an honour bestowed on ‘the most outstanding player of the tournament’.
Bastian Schweinsteiger was pivotal in Bayern winning the Bundesliga title in 2013. Success was kind on Schweinsteiger during the 2012-13 season as he made his mark against DFB-Pokal, Bundesliga and Champions League. He bagged the ‘German Player of the Year’ 2013.
Schweinsteiger shone through in the Euro 2012. Playing as ‘defensive midfielder’, Schweinsteiger assisted Germany to win all the 10 matches. He won his ‘100th Cap’ in the FIFA Cup 2014, when Germany won against Sweden in 2013. Schweinsteiger played as Captain of the German National Team in the Euro 2016, steering Germany to victory against Georgia.
Schweinsteiger signed a three-year contract with Manchester United in 2015. He played his premier league debut against Tottenham Hotspur, winning the match for Manchester United. Schweinsteiger made his first goal for the club against Leicester City.
Schweinsteiger’s versatile style of playing is his trade-mark. He has established his mark as “the best midfielder in the world”. Schweinsteige is christened the "Midfield Motor" owing to his ability to understand the game. Voted as the ‘best German player’ in 2013, Schweinsteiger is nick-named the "midfield mastermind".
Schweinsteiger is popularly known as "Schweini" or "Basti". He had a relationship with model Sarah Brandner for seven long years. Schweinsteiger is presently in a relationship with Ana Ivanovic, the Serbian Tennis player. He is a Roman Catholic.